In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Steve Bull who scored four times for England, has recalled what it was like being managed b Sir Bobby Robson and what made him not seem like a football manager.
Bull received his first England call up when he was playing in what is now known as League One, something which would be unheard of now.
Speaking on what Sir Bobby Robson was like as both a manager and person and how it took him so long to name his starting line up, Bull told FFC:
“Sir Bobby was absolutely unbelievable.
“When I first went into the England camp, and I’m listening to England managers talk I was thinking, ‘Bobby Robson can’t be a manager, no way’.
“When I went into his first team talk, you won’t believe this, but it took him about 20 minutes to name the side.
“Bobby Robson was going, ‘Peter, you’re in goal and Stewart you’re left-back and Mark you’re centre-back’, and I’m sat thinking ‘he can’t be a manager’.
“However, after getting to know him over a couple of years he was a real gentleman but trust me, you knew when he spat his dummy out the pram. He had a lot of respect for the players and they had the utmost respect for him as well.”
After managing the national side, he continued to get the top jobs managing clubs such as PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Porto and finishing his career back in the North East with Newcastle United, and he did all this while battling cancer on five separate occasions.